The Indian Scout Bobber is a factory-modified motorcycle that has seen a recent launch onto the consumer market. On the whole, it is a stylish machine with a fair amount of power to it, which should come as welcome news to those who are looking for something impressive. However, while it comes with a lot of strengths, it has some weaknesses as well. Here are 10 things that you may or may not have known about the Indian Scout Bobber:
1. Bears the Indian Motorcycle Brand
The Indian Scout Bobber is made by the Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company. In short, the Indian Motorcycle brand started up in 1901. However, the original manufacturer wrapped up operations in 1953 because of a post-war decline, which is why the Indian Motorcycle brand has been passed from owner to owner in the subsequent decades.
2. Made by Indian Motorcycle International, LLC
Currently, the Indian Scout Bobber is being made by Indian Motorcycle International, LLC, which started up in 2006 but was bought out by Polaris Industries in 2011. Currently, its production facilities can be found in Spirit Lake, which is situated in the state of Iowa.
3. Has a Predecessor
The Indian Scout Bobber is based on the Indian Scout, which in turn, is based on a line of motorcycles bearing the same name that was produced from 1920 to 1946. Seeing as how said line of motorcycles was produced for more than two decades, it should come as no surprise to learn that it was very popular in its time, so much so that it was beaten out by just the Indian Chief.
4. Is a Bobber
Speaking of which, the Indian Scout Bobber is a factory-modified version of the Indian Scout that is meant to invoke images of the bobber. In short, the bobber is a kind of custom motorcycle that offers interested individuals superior performance, not least because it removes accessories as well as other components that are considered to be unnecessary.
5. Has a Front Fender
With that said, the Indian Scout Bobber is far from being a one-for-one copy of the iconic bobber. This can be seen in how it has a front fender that a bobber will not. However, what is interesting is that the Indian Scout Bobber's front fender has been shortened in much the same manner as its rear fender, thus producing a look that is very reminiscent of its bobber predecessors.
6. Has a Wider Rear Wheel
Speaking of which, the Indian Scout Bobber has a wider rear wheel, which is something that has been becoming more and more popular in modern motorcycles. On a more practical note, a wider wheel can mean more traction, which in turn, can mean a smoother ride as well as better performance out on wet roads. In other words, a wider wheel can be both sensible and stylish under the right combination of circumstances.
7. Has a Low Seat and Low Handlebars
The Indian Scout Bobber has a low seat as well as low handlebar replacement. This is something that can force some riders to lean forward more than when they are on other motorcycles, thus putting increased pressure on their hands as well as their wrists. Something that can result in a fair amount of discomfort for said individuals on longer rides.
8. No Convenient Method for Checking Remaining Fuel
One of the notable issues with the Indian Scout Bobber is that the digital gauge offers no convenient method for telling how much fuel is remaining in the fuel tank. Granted, an indicator will light up when the motorcycle is low on fuel. However, if the rider wants to get a better idea of just how much fuel is remaining, they are going to need to open up the fuel tank to take a look.
9. The Stock Seat Can Be Slippery for Some People
Some people have reported that the stock seat for the Indian Scout Bobber is slipperier than what they would like, meaning that they are forced to make regular or semi-regular adjustments. On the plus side, there are other seat options, which is something that interested individuals will want to look into.
10. Can Come with a Passenger Seat
Of course, there are various options for customizing an Indian Scout Bobber. One example is a passenger seat, which comes with a convenient backrest for those who would like that.
Written by Garrett Parker
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